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  • Africa and the International Court of Justice: Seven Decades Relationship, Contributions and Challenges

    News and events - June 3, 2016

    On Wednesday, 25 May 2016 the African Foundation for International Law and the African Association of International Law organised a High-level Panel Discussion on the theme Africa and the International Court of Justice: ‘Seven Decades Relationship, Contributions and Challenges’. Two prominent international law scholars, namely Professor Georges Abi-Saab and Professor John Dugard, and ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice, reviewed the important relationship between the International Court of Justice and Africa in terms of contributions and challenges. This event was hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

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  • Investigating Foreign Political Links in Timber-Producing Countries

    Library blog - March 24, 2016

    At the time of writing, it is the International Day of Forests. It is on this day, 21st March 2016, that Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests) of INTERPOL spoke out (again) about the link between corruption and the global trade in timber. An estimated $30 billion of government revenue is lost every year as a result of corruption in timber trade. This article will shed light on the indiscriminate destruction of our forests, under the guise of economic development for the financial benefit of elites at the highest level of the political system and how international, regional and national laws on anti-­corruption are implicated.

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  • The Gerritsen Collection

    The Gerritsen Collection

    Library blog - October 2, 2015

    The Gerritsen Collection is a comprehensive collection of works pertaining to women’s history, but it also contains a plentitude of books, articles and essays relevant to peace history and the development of international law. The collection honors the legacy of famous peace heroes and feminists. To help educate the public about the 19th century peace movement, the Library – with the assistance from the Bertha von Suttner Project – has subscribed to this database for 2015.

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  • Libraries: the Value of Just in Case, Not Just in Time

    Library blog - August 21, 2015

    I am using the blog this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of centuries of unquantifiable practice and purpose. It is my concern that too many libraries are under threat from the bean counters. Libraries have always existed as places for the ‘just in case’ event, providing the go-to location when you want sustenance of the mind in some way – knowledge, leisure, curiosity, information, entertainment. However the world is in thrall to the ‘just in time’ mentality of financial wunderkinds who do not value those ‘old fashioned’ concepts, looking instead at the pragmatic usability of everything, seeing a book that lives on a shelf and is only taken off once a year, or once a decade, as an unnecessary encumbrance, not earning its space in a world where everything has to be costed, to be accountable for its existence.

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  • Human Trafficking: Prevention, Prosecution and Protection under International Law

    Library blog - August 7, 2015

    Despite restrictions and obligations under international law, it is estimated that $31.6 billion is illegally profiteered each year from human trafficking and forced labour of over 27 million people. Human trafficking or trafficking in persons is defined in the 2000 Palermo Protocol as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

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  • Climate Change and Forced Migration : A Gap in Protection

    Library blog - July 31, 2015

    The barely-above-sea-level, coral-dependent Maldives are sinking into the Indian Ocean. The apocalyptic fate is due to climate-change induced temperature increases, which have resulted in rising sea levels and dying coral reefs. In response, the state has built artificial islands—to accommodate the rising sea levels that may render previous places of residence inhabitable—and The Great Male Sea Wall—to protect Male from imposing storms. Many people have already been evacuated from their homes, temporarily housed in camps elsewhere in the Maldives. However, eventually the Maldives may become completely submerged and inhospitable. If the Maldives become a casualty of climate change, as has been predicted, people will be forced to flee from the islands altogether, potentially becoming stateless. They will have to seek protection elsewhere.

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  • Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom

    Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom

    News and events - April 30, 2015

    On Saturday April 25, a bust was unveiled of Dr. Aletta Jacobs, the first medical doctor in The Netherlands and a prominent women’s right activist. Aletta Jacobs was honored with a bust for taking the initiative to organize the International Congress of Women of 1915. The bust is a gift from the Dutch chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Carnegie Foundation. WILPF arose out of the International Congress of Women of 1915, which took place in The Hague. WILPF is the oldest international women’s peace organization in the world and today it focuses on three key areas: 1) Disarmament; 2) Human Rights; and 3) Women, Peace and Security. WILPF was instrumental in getting the U.N. Security Council to adopt Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), an historic resolution which calls on governments to mainstream a gender perspective into peace and security efforts. Resolution 1325 turns 15 in October 2015.

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  • Boglárka Pap: Digital Access to the Portraits Collection

    Boglárka Pap: Digital Access to the Portraits Collection

    News and events - April 30, 2015

    My name is Boglárka Pap, and as part of my MA programme in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University, I started an internship at the Peace Palace Library in January 2015. Since then, I have been focused on the digitization and presentation of the Library’s special collections. In the course of 2014, the Peace Palace Library participated in a project – which was initiated by a collaboration of Dutch libraries – in order to digitize prints from 17th-19th-Century books from its collection, and to donate them to Wikimedia Commons. Concerning the main goal of digitization, namely easy accessibility, the aim of my project was to continue the work which started last year, by fitting the remaining images from Wikimedia Commons repository into Wikipedia articles, enhancing the existing metadata, and making approximately 500 engraved portraits from 83 books – published between 1603-1826 – available and searchable on the website of the Peace Palace Library.

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  • Aletta Jacobs’ Role in the Organization of the Hague International Congress of Women 1915

    News and events - March 31, 2015

    This Spring, on April 25, 2015 , the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will celebrate its Centenary in the Peace Palace. For this occasion, the Peace Palace Library is cooperating with the Atria Institute in Amsterdam to promote and bring awareness to the history behind WILPF and the Congress of 1915 . Atria is the main institute in the Netherlands dedicated to research, advice and policy-analysis on gender equality and to documenting and archiving women’s history. The collection holds, among many others, the archives of Aletta Jacobs and the history of WILPF. This month, Atria’s intern, Ms. Sanne Stevens wrote a special newsitem on the role of Dutch Sufragette Dr. Aletta Jacobs in the organization of The Hague International Congress of Women in 1915.

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  • UPEACE/Peace Palace Library Lecture: Judge Kenneth Keith on International Water Disputes

    News and events - January 30, 2015

    The Peace Palace Library and UPEACE Centre The Hague jointly organized the 4th Lecture on ‘Peacebuilding in Progress’ that took place on Wednesday January 28, 2015 at the Academy Building of the Peace Palace. For this occasion, we were honoured to have as a guest speaker Sir Kenneth Keith, Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Judge Keith delivered a speech on “International Water Disputes – The roles of international courts and arbitral tribunals in resolving them”.

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